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The first time I ever saw Michael: Bad Tour in Paris, June 28th, 1988. MAGIC IN THE AIR!

Posted by Virginie, 08 July 2010 · 10,060 views

Hi everyone!
To start, I want to tell you about the first time I ever saw Michael.
It was at a Bad Tour concert in Paris, the second show on June 28th, 1988.

I was just 15 years old back then and had been admiring Michael for five years.
When the Bad album was released and the tour announced, I was so excited, I just couldn't wait! Nine months later came the big day! Being 15 and though my parents love Michael, I couldn't attend both shows but got tickets for the second one.

On June 27th as well as the days before I of course recorded everything I saw on TV.

The next day we headed to Paris my parents, my English school correspondent Clare (who was a fan herself) and I. I live 250 km away from Paris, right in the centre of France. Clare and I were under the protection of Mousse, my father's friend. About 35 at he time, he didn't really know Michael.

It was frenzy around the "Parc des Princes" when we arrived, in the late afternoon. The weather was extremely hot and I remember people giving away ads for the "Making of Thriller" video (which I always proudly kept). The stadium was very impressive. Getting inside, watching the stage, WOOOOW!!! From then on it was a dream! We got rather close to the stage in spite of our late arrival. We were between the left giant screen and the stage and had a fair wiew. Kim Wilde was the suport act; I had always liked her songs (she was my favourite female artist) but excitement topped when she said "Before HE comes..." as an intro to her "You Came" hit.

I recall somebody telling Quincy Jones had just arrived but I didn't see him sit to enjoy the show, though he was not far rom us.

At 9:03 p.m. exactly, the screens came to life, then the smoke on the stage going up and... Michael appeared! I will NEVER EVER forget that moment in my life!

He was GORGEOUS, so thin, so frail but yet you could feel his strength, he was ready to blow our minds! "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" has been so special to me since that night. The concert lasted more than two hours and every second was a delight. The atmosphere was electric, pure magic in the air! The crowd was his, definitely.
"Billie Jean" was a wonderful moment because,as for many admirers, I discovered Michael with this video. All songs are clear in my mind but I have more precise memories of an endless and crazy "Heartbreak Hotel" and Michael gratifying us of a French "Je Vous Aime Beaucoup!" (I love you very much!"). "Another Part Of Me" was sheer excitement and I could name them all! "Beat It" was rageous! "Bad" just great but rhymed with the concert getting slowly to its end, which I just didn't want! I wish that night had lasted forever. The moon, the stars over the stadium, I wish the entire "Parc" would remain forever a place outta space, I didn't want to let the magic go. "Dirty Diana" was, to me, extremely high on emotion. The video of the song had just been released and I really loved it (it is still one of my favourites) but there was no match with the live version of the song.

When the concert ended the three of us had stars in our eyes. We rushed to get some memorabilia but there were only one poster left and the square button with Michael's feet on. People didn't seem to want to leave. I was very reluctant myself! I didn't want to let the magic go.

The magic stuck to me all these years, sticks to me every day like a shadow.
To the very smells around the stadiums! Silly to say but a chips smell around and I'm back there. Coco Chanel smell -which I wore that day- and I'm there. Wearing some as I'm writing this, to get in that special night's mood!:-)

Clare and I slept holding our posters close like we had a part of Michael here with us (ah, teenagers!!). I was thinking of Michael resting at the Hotel Crillon and it felt good.

Next day was hard to take, we'd have liked to step back and be there again!

This was my first Michael concert and the first time I ever saw him.
Like a lot of fans I had to wait four years to see him during the Dangerous Tour.
I'd never have believed I would be lucky enough to meet him in person some eight years later (1996). This is another story I will save for you!

Hope you enjoyed that special memory.

L.O.V.E to you all,


If you have any photo from Michael's stay in Paris for the Bad Tour, I'd LOVE to see them!

Dear Virginie,

oh my god, I just discovered that you have shared such a beautiful story about your first concert experience here  :o  Thank you so much! I was hoping so much to read lots of memories of your MJ experiences because I know they are countless :)

I am very surprised that you can remember so much of Michael's performance itself. I remember all of the happenings around the concert, but not much of the performance has been kept in my memory. It seems that it has simply been too unbelievable to grasp.

A "Dirty Diana" performance... wow! That's one of my all-time faves.

Of course, I am more than curious to learn about your meeting with Michael in 1996  :wub:
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OMFG Nini! Thanks for doing this and I hope you decide to do more entries too! I subscribed to be notified of any future entries!
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More soon MLB!!

Promise I will tell all!

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Yes, do tell all! FYI, I don't think it matters what order you feature each entry.  Do them in whatever order you feel like!
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OMG...I never met Michael or was at a concert :-(
I'm very very sad about that...but I was too young...
I can feel your passion for Michael!
And I can totally understand you about the perfum thing...LOL :lol:

It's hard for me that I never saw Michael anywhere...I could cry  :(

But thanks for sharing this story!!
I'm waiting for your next story...can't wait to read it...

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Thank you so much my friend! I send you lots of L.O.V.E.
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thank you Virginie for sharing it with us.
Your phrase 'The magic stuck to me all these years, sticks to me every day like a shadow' means everything!
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Oh my god... I can feel your passion in your words...
What a chance you had... ohoh, I think I'm gonna cry ^^'

Thanks Virginie for that post.
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Wow. It just sounds so wonderful in every aspect. I mean those type of memories just stay forever. I just wish I had experience that as well.

I'm so happy for you.
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I'm trying not to cry reading this story.. you've explained it all so well, the whole atmosphere and the magic! I get emotional about it because I was only just burn around the Bad era and have never had the change to see him in concert.. But now I've got to experience a tiny piece of it trough your story, so thank you for that! :)
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